OpenStack Governance Nominations and Election Process

As stated in Jonathan Bryce’s OpenStack Governance Update last week, the OpenStack governance process has been modified to better serve the community and include additional community-elected leaders. This blog post details the nomination and election process for the open positions detailed in Jonathan’s post.


Nominations – Starting Tuesday March 8th thru March 18th at Midnight CST any person interested in one of the available positions and meeting the requirements (see below) can either self-nominate or be nominated for an open position. All nomination requests should be sent via email to [email protected] and include the following information:

  • Name of person being nominated including email address
  • Position posting for (PTL NOVA, PTL SWIFT, PTL GLANCE, PPB GENERAL)
  • Company name (individual developers can just put Independent)

All nominated and qualified people will be added to a public Etherpad at

Elections – Starting Monday March 21 thru April 1 at Midnight CST all nominated people will be put into an online election system for community voting. Each position open for election has unique requirements for eligibility to vote thus four separate elections will be held at the same time. Details on the election process are still in review and planning; however, information on the process will be posted before the election system is activated.

Results – On April 4, 2011 the final voting results will be published to the community on the OpenStack blog at


Please review the descriptions of the available positions at to better understand the commitments involved. These are significant leadership positions within the OpenStack community and your contributions via these positions will have a large impact on the overall project. Here are some additional points to be aware of for these positions:

  • Approve and prioritize blueprints for releases, communicate roadmap
  • Coordinate the technical sessions at the design summit that occurs after their elections
  • Resolve any deadlocked conflicts in the community
  • Work with the release manager to ensure releases stay on track and status is communicated broadly
  • Implement project-specific policies such as choosing subject matter experts, code review policies
  • Participate in the #openstack IRC channel and developer mailing lists

The following positions are available for the election process:

Project Technical Leads PTL Nova, PTL Swift, and PTL Glance

OpenStack is currently designating the following three projects – Nova, Swift, and Glance as requiring a separate project technical lead. Other projects within OpenStack will work with the Project Policy Board to determine needs for a technical lead.

Requirements – From the OpenStack Governance Model:

Anyone who has submitted code which has been accepted into the respective project’s trunk is eligible to run for a PTL seat, and to vote for the PTL. Sitting Project Technical Leads are eligible to run for re-election each cycle, provided they continue to meet the criteria.

Project Policy Board General Board Seat A, General Board Seat B
Requirements – From the OpenStack Governance Model:

Any registered member of an OpenStack Launchpad group is eligible to run and vote in these elections. The TWO individuals receiving the most votes will assume these seats. If an individual should happen to be elected as both a PTL and General Member of the PPB, then they will take their PTL seat only and the elected General Member seat will go to the next highest vote getter.

If you have any questions on this process, please contact [email protected] who is managing nominations and elections for these positions.



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